The Q&A Archives: Michelia champaca

Question: Hello- can you advise the fertilizer and application details for michelia champaca and michelia figo; i have purchased both, Monrovia grown, from Green Thumb in El Toro and would like to maintain their healthy growth. Any other inside tips on these plants would be appreciated. thanks, Andrea

Answer: Michelia champaca is a relative of the Magnolia and native to China. When in flower they are often mistaken for magnolias, except that they bear their flowers among the leaves rather than singly at the branch ends. The flowers are fragrant and quite attractive. M. champaca 'alba' has white flowers, most often in winter, but sometimes in summer, and their perfume is legendary. Your plant will be a large shrub or small tree. M. champaca requires semi-moist soil so water as often as necessary to keep the soil from drying out too much. Provide full sun to part afternoon shade, and fertilize during the growing season, once in the spring and once again in late July. Both your Michelia's are beautiful plants and I know you'll enjoy the fragrance and flowers.

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